Leprechauns, pots of gold, four leaf clovers...you get it...St. Patrick's Day is upon us. But how will you celebrate? In LA, there's no shortage of bar crawls, pub crawls and douche bags so drunk they may or may not be crawling on the ground by the end of the night. While there's nothing wrong with indulging in green beer at an Irish watering hole, it may be difficult to escape bros taking down Irish car bombs with shirts that read "Kiss me, I'm horny." In that same spirit, here are some other ways to ring in the green holiday.
1. Run a race. No, I'm not talking about the LA Marathon. Besides the fact that it's sold out, more than likely, you'll be too wiped out to walk to the refrigerator, nonetheless take part in holiday festivities. So instead, on Sunday at 8am, take it a little easier on yourself and head down to Redondo Beach for the St. Patrick's Day 5K Run/Walk put on by the good folks at Village Runner. Race cost is $40.
2. Sing and dance. If you want to get your Irish jig on, the Shamrock "N" Roll on the Queen Mary is the place to be. Listen to Celtic rock and Irish party songs while you eat your face off with classic Irish food the night of Sunday. Tickets are only $15 (or $20 at the door).
3. Bake some cupcakes. Even if you plan to drink yourself silly at the bars, you'll want to sober up at some point with some sweets. Duff's Cakemix allows you to do this with an instructional hour-and-a-half class where they supply all the tools to decorate your cupcakes like your back in grade school. The class goes from 4-5:30pm on Monday and costs $27.